Weight Watchers Day 22 - Exercise Itchiness

Weight Watchers Day 22 - Exercise Itchiness

Today's Weight Watchers Tips:

* Create a list of your anti-exercise excuses and then come up with solutions. Ask a friend for help if you like (I guarantee that between the two of you, you’ll find something to bust every whiny excuse).

* Exercise itchiness can be an issue if you've been completely sedentary until now. It's just an annoyance - push through it!

And now, here are the details of my 22nd day on WW...

What I Weighed Today: 206.5 lbs. (10am)

If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales? 
—Anonymous

Guess who rolled (and I do mean roooolled) out of bed and went for a 20-minute walk today? That’s right!  I got up, stretched, and went for a walk around my neighborhood, which included a steep incline.  I wanted to quit every step of the way, especially when the “fat itchies” started.

Only my fellow chubsters know about the fat itchies, which occur when you haven’t worked out in a while and then you start moving again.  The movement causes this all-over itchiness that can sometimes be followed by intense nausea.  I am told the itching is caused by the shifts in circulation and blood pressure that happen during intense movement if you have been sedentary for a long period of time. I’m going to be an optimist and think of it as the fat shaking loose, though this isn’t supported by any medical testimony. I pushed through and was very proud of myself.  I earned one Activity Point, which the online system will apply to my Weekly Flex Points if I use them all.

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast:  8 tablespoons Hazelnut fat-free creamer(in 6 cups coffee), ½ an apple  – 5 points
Lunch: 1 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Salisbury Steak frozen entrée, 2 cups jicama   – 5 points
Dinner: 1 El Pollo Loco Chicken Salad w Creamy Cilantro dressing (no cheese, no chip strips), 2 chicken wings – 14.5 points
Snack(s):  Weight Watchers Banana Nut snack bar, 1 fruit cup, 3 cups cantaloupe  – 7 points

TOTAL POINTS: 31.5
Points Target: 26
Activity Points earned: 1

Don't ask 'can I?' ask 'I can!' –Steve Holt, Arrested Development

Even though my sneakers have moss (it’s been a month since I made a trek that was farther than from my couch to the refrigerator), this program has proved to me that I actually do have time to prepare healthy meals for myself. But I still need to now conquer the exercise component.  Not that I have the food thing down to an art, but I am certainly MILES away from where I was three weeks ago and I’m looking forward to a much healthier future.

Anyway, if I can make time to chop up fresh veggies and fruit for myself, surely I can find a minimum of 20 minutes a day to get my heart rate up.  I have very fat legs, which I have come to accept, but they don’t have to be all flibbetty-flabbetty.  There are plenty of girls out there rockin’ their stumpy cankles, but even Star Jones’ stumpy cankles are still toned and firm.  I need to get that going before I can rock a knee-length skirt.  If this body is going to stick to its 200-pound range then it needs to be a firm 200 pounds.

In my last WW meeting the leader had everyone yell out their excuses for not working out. “No time!” “Don’t feel like it!” “My cat told me not to!” She wrote them on a white board and picked them apart one at a time.  This morning I ran out of excuses (“I’m, uh…allergic to walking?”) so I had to walk out of the house.  I felt like I wasn’t alone and I didn’t have anything to be ashamed of.  I’m on a high. Exercise has always been such a struggle for me, so I hope I can keep this up.

 Product Reviews: 
* Weight Watchers Smart Ones Salisbury Steak frozen entrée – 4 points
This was excellent taste wise but in order to be truly satisfying there needed to be more vegetables.  It came with a handful of asparagus tips in it but they didn’t even cover the bottom of the little tray.  I get that they have to make the protein and carbs limited in order to keep the points value low but since that only leaves you with veggies then they should be more generous with those.  Maybe they want you to add fresh vegetables to the entrée instead of relying on the ones that have been microwaved and are floating in Salisbury gravy.  Gravy was hella good though!

* Weight Watchers Banana Nut snack bar – 2 points
Big Fat WHATEV’on this one kids.  I am so not feelin’ this snack.  It tastes close enough to banana nut bread and might even be good with coffee.  But after tasting some of the other snack bars, this one pales in comparison.  It tastes too much like a health bar, not a treat.  Little dry, little thin.  To be fair, I had put it in my purse 2 days ago with the intention of trying it, I forgot about it and when I opened it today it was all smushed.  I’ll try another one with coffee soon and re-review it .

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